Aftershock (2012) Movie review; You need to watch for at least an hour!

I watched this film after seeing Eli Roth’s interview with Kevin Pollack on YouTube, presumed it must be terrible as I can’t remember reading or seeing anything about its release or existence.

Eli who is known for the film hostel, stars and does not direct in this one, but a lot of his influence is all over this all the same, the story is calm as well as shocking, the acting is solid and the characters are dark and happy, a real cocktail of a film, but I will insist that you commit to this film for at least one hour, I have read of people being turned off early on but that is part of this films design, stick with it and you will be delighted by the time the film finishes.



Blue Ruin (2013) Movie Review; A true delight! 8/10

I instantly took a liking to this film, the film gives you so many reasons to root for it, the story is original, beautifully shot with a great tempo & style.

The lead character (Macon Blair) is interesting without the need to shout and holler every two minutes, his character is very believable and brings a new element to the thriller genre,there is a point in this film when an average man has to use guns and weapons to protect his family, the way they portray this sequence is probably a lot more realistic than in most action films which creates a heightend fear/ worry when watching.

I cannot think of another film like this, which is a testament to what a great job everyone did with this film.

I highly recommend this film.



The Railway Man (2013) Movie review; Highly disappointing

This movie sucks, in the past I have enjoyed the talents of Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman but this story is just terrible.

To begin with, Colin meets Nicole, they seem like an unusual couple, or should I say unlikely couple, their relationship builds into something average and then out of the blue Colin’s character starts having nightmares about the days when he was a prisoner of war, this news and part of the story comes out of left field and doesn’t flow at all with what has gone on up until this point.

Then to a ton of flashbacks that did not impress or scare, boredom starts to set in and you get to the finale of the film were after all of this time Colin goes to find the man who tortured him all those years before, highly disappointing is all I can say.

Hateship Loveship ( 2013) Movie review; I have a crush on Kristen Wiig!

As the title reads, I have a crush on Miss Wiig, now before she books the first flight to the UK to start this whirlwind romance, I am married Kristen, SORRY 😦  otherwise…, well, I better not say! well while you are getting over the relationship that never was I have to congratulate you on your film career to date, having enjoyed your roles in Brides Maids,Anchorman 2 and the The Secret life of Walter Mitty, this is one role which asks a little more, she plays a lady suffering with what I can tell is a quiet depression, when the elderly person who she has looked after  dies, she is at a loss of where to go and what to do until a new job arrives in her joyless world.

Nick Nolte plays a nice part well and has not looked better in recent years.

Guy Pearce plays a man living in a cocoon of drugs and drink and is a delight to watch.

Overall this movie is good, it feels fresh and has some nice black humour throughout.



Chinese Puzzle (2013) Movie review: A nice bit of french!

I think the french language is possible the second most attractive accent after the spanish, so this largely subtitled film was a joy to listen to as well as being funny to read.

This film is filled with the most beautiful french actresses from the past ten years, the story is interesting, witty and slightly quirky.

A man is told by his American wife that she wants to finish with him and move back to america, and she is also taking the kids!

The film was a joy to watch and brought up some interested points with regards to international relationships.



In the Blood (2014) Movie review; An action packed woman that pulls it off !

When I read about this one I thought here we go again, a woman fighting for her independence in a cocktail which includes the spice girls morals and Charlies Angels cheesy humour.

Well stuff a cake load of humble pie down my throat, ”In the Blood” is the first film that stars a female Rambo and pulls it off without any off-putting feminist quotes.

Gina Carano looks the part, she has legs that look bigger than tree trunks and a certain believability that if she told you in real life that she worked as a FBI agent you wouldn’t doubt her for a second, there is no cute karate chops to the neck, just raw power and action which is always tends to be unrealistic in other films.

The story is interesting and will keep you guessing right til the end.

Great popcorn movie!




Snow Piercer (2013) Movie review; This film is a nice surprise!

This film starts out as one thing then develops into something else completely, at the beginning I was considering leaving this film for another time, it gives the impression of a dark, gritty drama about a bunch of prisoners keen on escape.

When the film eventually gets going I could not wait to see what happened next, the tempo of the film increases and the story line is original for the big screen, which is not an easy thing to say these days.

Chris Evans pulls off the leading man well and gives the story its heart and soul.

I recommend this film.



The Worst Job interviews I have ever had !!! APRIL 2014

I have had the pleasure or displeasure to experience a few job interviews in the last 15 years, I thought today about some of the worst or embarrassing interviews I endured in my time and thought it would make sense to share them and hopefully gain some stories back in the comments section.

1, My very first interview I had on leaving school was with a print company, I remember feeling super nervous, I am pretty sure I wore my school trousers, matched with a cheap shirt and nasty tie, on arrival I was greeted and shown these big printing presses, I was then escorted into an office were the manager was keen to tell me that this was a family business, he then said before we get started I need to ask one question ? , do you have any issues with colour blindness as we cannot have anyone working here who suffers with such a problem, I sank into my chair as I told him that I am in fact colour blind and mix green with reds and blue with purple, he just looked at me like I was blind completely and then thanked me for turning up as we made our way to the front door.



2, The second interview which followed the great printing press job was working for a local pizza restaurant that was in the middle of town, I love pizza, so at the age of 17 I thought I had found my dream job, this was my thoughts on the way to the restaurant.

I got there early so paced the pavement for a minute or so and then turned off my tape Walkman in preparation for entering the building, I got inside and there was no one around apart from a cleaner, he went and got the manager /chef, he greeted me with a reluctant smile as he ushered me to a table at the end of the restaurant, as I sat down I noticed at least three fans whirling around the tables we were sat at, I soon realised that these fans were making a heck of a lot of noise, I did not think it was my place to remark on this fact so I decided to instead just look professional, which to a 17-year-old meant not looking or saying anything stupid, he then told me that the air conditioning was broke and this was why they had got so many fans in, I smiled thinking, Ahh OK, he then fired off questions but I could only hear the last few seconds of the question, so all I heard was …  been making pizza’s for ?  I then only heard … Available for ? … It get’s hot…. Do you have a problem… , I thought at the time I can’t tell him I can’t hear him, maybe this is a test ? so I replied to each of his questions with a confident YES!  which as you could imagine went down a treat if he was asking me if I had a problem doing long shift’s (YES) or weekend work(YES), surprisingly I did not get the job and I my dreams of becoming the next pizza sensation blew out the door, much like those fans.






3. This job was years later, I had actually got a job working for my local news paper, on my first day, myself and another new recruit were being shown around the place, on the morning of any new job or interview, I always get an upset stomach, I am guessing it’s a result of nerves or anxiety, anyway, as we were being shown around, the manager told us that this was the reception area, this is the coffee-room and this is the toilets, immediately I said, would you mind if I used your toilet, he said no, of course not, I said great, I’ll catch you up once I’m done, I then went into the toilet and found out early on that my upset stomach was burning up inside of me, instead of quick in and out job I was in there for fifteen minutes, there were a few groans and a few oh my god’s, I was conscious of the fact that my new boss must be upstairs wondering if I had done a runner (No pun intended ) I pulled myself together, covered my face in water and gave the toilet handle a good few tugs just to make sure that all evidence was now flushed away, I had one last look in the mirror and then I opened the door, My manager was standing outside the door with the other new recruit, they hadn’t left, my cool fresh face from a second ago was now turning bright red, I said in a acquisitive nature, I told you I would catch you up when I was done?, he responded with, well we were going to move on but then I realised you needed a security pass to to gain access to the door we decided to come and wait here, if we knew you were having….Errr… problems we would not have waiting outside of the door, are you feeling better was his next question!!!




4. This job interview was for when I was at college, so I would have just turned 18, there was a local nightclub in my town called knights, very classy club, they sold all you could drink for ticket’s £15.

On arrival I was greeted by a fat lady in her thirties who told me to sit on a black leather couch, she then asked me if I was a virgin, I confidently told her I wasn’t, (like an aids victim celebrating the all clear) I could sense from the first question that they were not interesting in seeing my CV, she then told me that the manager would be out soon, I said OK Thanks, a few moments passed and the girl came back with a friend, Oh aren’t you sweet, I did not respond to this, I just smiled nervously, one of the girls then said, you know if you want a job here your C*ck has to fill a pint glass, can you please take it out so we can check, I thought about responding but instead just laughed off their question with more nervous laughter, a man then walked near me, did not stop, he just said, can you start this Friday ? I gulped a yes, and that was that,I am not sure if Alan Sugar or Donald Trump ask these questions but I am sure it would do great things for their ratings.




Robocop (2014) v Robocop (1987) Movie review; 1987 wins!!!!!!

OK so the makers of this remake were always going to have a battle on their hands when trying to make a fresh version of an action classic, to make things easier I have compared the films in sections;

The Action –

As you would expect, the new version feels slick, sexy and smooth, but the big let down is the use of CGI, to be fair it is not over used in the 2014 version but it’s noticeable in scenes, it makes it feel and look like a cartoon in parts, in the 1987 version it felt real, the movement of the Robot and the car and action sequences are better.

Also to add, Robocop teased you with his arrival on screen and his ”BIG ASS GUN” there is no foreplay in this version, no spikes in the hand or a reveal of the face, I know you could argue that this director was attempting something new but he has excluded scenes that brought excitement and a certain amount of grit to the original.

1987 wins the action battle hands down.

The Comedy –

The comedy is non-existent in the remake, there are a few one liners and nods to the original but largely the remake fails to bring the humour in the action scenes or in the general dialogue which is what the first one is known for, who could ever forget the following lines –

Bixby Snyder: I’d buy that for a dollar!

Dead or alive, you’re coming with me!

Bitches, leave!

Clarence: Can you fly, Bobby?

Reporter: Robo, excuse me, Robo, any special message for all the kids watching at home?

RoboCop: Stay out of trouble.

Sgt. Reed: Your client’s a scumbag, you’re a scumbag, and scumbags see the judge on Monday morning. Now get out of my office, and take laughing boy with you!

When you revisit the original you realize how well written it was, each person has a level of depth and dark ass humour coming out of their mouths that the balance the film strikes is remarkable when you compare it to most films of the same genre, never mind a remake.

Not contest, 1987 wins the Comedy contest.

Story line –

The new Robocop has a decent story behind him, it makes him and the possibility of him feel real as the film takes itself a little more seriously than the original, Robocop seems a little more serious in general, before and after the transition, this was interesting for twenty minutes or so but to be honest I don’t watch films like Robocop for the serious drama, in the original they keep flashing to wacky news updates or cheesy adverts of board games which in themselves were entertaining & funny, in this version they keep cutting to Samual L Jackson who plays a black version of Bill O’Reilly (Yep the Fox guy) he keeps spouting corporate messages disguised as news to the masses, this just doesn’t work, it just feels lame and tedious.

1987 wins on the story!.


The new movie is not terrible, it’s just terrible if you compare, my biggest complaint would be the characters, in the first film, you had one great bad guy in Kurtwood Smith, he would not let you look away from the screen, he was intimidating and captivating at the same time, he also had a group of villains that in turn created Robocop’s hit list, all of these henchmen had a level of character that stands out to this day, I love Michael Keaton but he had no clever dialogue or interesting dialogue for that matter, the new version had nothing of the sort apart from a few faceless souls with nothing to say.

6/10 for 2014

9/10 for 1987



Facts on the 1987 version –

In Sacramento, California a robbery suspect fled into a darkened movie theatre to escape pursuing police. He became so engrossed in the movie playing on screen, Robocop, that he failed to notice that police had evacuated all other patrons from the theatre. When the lights flipped on, the stunned man was taken into custody.


It was discovered that when in full RoboCop costume, Peter Weller could not fit properly into the police car as he was too bulky. That’s why most shots of him show him exiting the car or preparing to get into it. For shots where he actually needed to be in the car, he only wore the top part of the costume and sat in his underwear. However, to maintain the illusion that RoboCop wears the entire suit while inside a car, most shots show his robotic feet exiting the car first.


Concerned that various police forces would object to the scene of the title character throwing Clarence Boddicker through glass while reading his rights, the producers had a preliminary screening for an audience of police officers. It turns out that they were delighted at the sight of the hero getting tough with a wanton murderer in a way that they couldn’t.


The RoboCop suit was designed by Rob Bottin and his team. The production team wasn’t satisfied with the initial design, and kept changing it and putting additions to it for months. Ultimately, nothing seemed to work and they went back to what was pretty much Bottin’s original design. This caused considerable delays, and by the time the suit was completed, it was three weeks late and arrived at the studio on the day that the first RoboCop scene was scheduled to be shot. It took 11 hours for Bottin’s people to fit Peter Weller into the suit, and when it was done Weller found that all his mime exercises were now useless because he needed time to get used to the suit and to perform as a robot in it. Production was halted so that Weller and his mime coach, Moni Yakim, could learn how to move in the suit.


In the attempted rape scene, writer Edward Neumeier originally had RoboCop shoot past the victim’s cheek, hitting and killing the rapist. While getting ready to shoot the scene as scripted, Paul Verhoeven notice how Donna Keegan‘s (playing the rape victim) legs were spread apart, giving him the idea to have RoboCop shoot between her legs and shoot the rapist in the genitals. Neumeier loved the idea and that was how the scene was shot.


While filming Bob Morton’s death scene, Miguel Ferrer and Kurtwood Smith began cracking up because while directing the scene, Paul Verhoeven referred to all the actors in-character. This meant he addressed the actresses playing the prostitutes as “bitches.”


Realizing that the film was running behind schedule and over budget, director Paul Verhoeven and producer Jon Davison purposely didn’t film one crucial scene: Officer Murphy’s death. When production wrapped, they went back to Los Angeles and ‘grimly’ informed the execs that Murphy’s death hadn’t been filmed. So the execs gave them more money and they filmed the scene in a warehouse in Los Angeles.


The RoboCop suit was the most expensive item on set. While the price range varies, the producers indicated that they spent anywhere between US$500,000 to US$1 million for the suit.


The RoboCop suit was so hot and heavy that Peter Weller was losing 3 lbs a day from water loss. Eventually, an air conditioner was installed in the suit.


For the theatrical trailer, Orion used the music from their film The Terminator (1984) which is also a movie about a cyborg (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger). Schwarzenegger was briefly considered for the role of RoboCop, but those involved with the film were concerned he would be too bulky in the suit and end up looking like the Michelin Man.


The scene where Boddicker’s gang tortures and finally murders Murphy was heavily edited in order to avoid an X rating. In the theatrical version, it is clear that Boddicker has blown apart Murphy’s right hand with a shotgun blast, and Emil then blows off his left arm at the shoulder with another shotgun blast, but the explicit gore is limited in those instances. There is also reduced gore when Boddicker blows Murphy’s brains out with a handgun. The scene with all of the original dismemberment is included in the DVD.


The repeated line ‘I’d buy that for a dollar!’ comes from Cyril M. Kornbluth‘s short story ‘The Marching Morons’, which presents a similarly cynical view of an over-commercialized future that’s desensitized to violence and war. A radio game show in that short story uses the line ‘I’d buy that for a quarter.’ as its signature phrase.


Paul Verhoeven and Rob Bottin clashed repeatedly before and during production over the design and make-up of the RoboCop character. What they argued most about was the scene where Murphy takes off his helmet. Bottin wanted the scene to be filmed in a darkened area, fearing that harsh light would reveal too much of the make-up effects; Verhoeven wanted the scene to be filmed as brightly as possible, citing that director of photography Jost Vacano would be able to light it properly without revealing anything. Verhoeven got his way and Bottin refused to talk to him any further for the remainder of production. However, at the premiere, both men were so impressed with how the scene had turned out, that they instantly forgave each other. Bottin, who had even vowed to never again work with Verhoeven, happily accepted the offer to work on Verhoeven’s next project, Total Recall (1990).


The trauma team portrayed in the movie trying to save Murphy was a real hospital trauma team. Their dialogue was mostly ad-libbed.


Kurtwood Smith claims in the 20th Anniversary DVD release that the scene where he is taken into the precinct was the first scene he’d shot, and proposed the spitting of the blood and swearing to give the scene more punch. Paul Verhoeven, intrigued, decided to give it a shot. Smith mused that this may have simply been due to Verhoeven’s love of bloodletting.


Kurtwood Smith‘s wife, Joan Pirkle, has a small role as Dick Jones’ secretary, Barbara.


Kurtwood Smith originally auditioned for the role of Dick Jones, and when he first learned he had been cast, he thought that was the role he had gotten. Not until later did he find out he would be playing Clarence Boddicker. Later still, he discovered the reason: being Dutch, director Paul Verhoeven had grown up near the Holocaust, and thought that, when wearing glasses, Smith resembled Heinrich Himmler. Smith apparently agreed with the idea, stating that a bigger, more menacing villain would come across as someone who could merely be outsmarted, while his character’s glasses made him look smarter and therefore more of a threat.


Peter Weller said one of his favorite memories of his film career was filming the drug bust sequence in Robocop. While filming the sequence, Weller was listening to Peter Gabriel’s song “Red Rain” on his Walkman inside his Robocop helmet as he exchanged gunfire with various bad guys.


Facts on the 2014 version –

During production of the film, director José Padilha phoned friend and fellow Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles to confide in him his frustration in the lack of creative control he was allowed by the studio for the project. Padilha estimated that for every ten ideas he brought to the project, the studio refused nine, and went on to the describe the making of the film as “The worst experience of [his] life”. When word of this conversation became public, in an effort to appease the studio Padilha released counter statements expressing satisfaction with the film.



The Walking Dead – Season 4 Finale Episode 16 – Exciting end but poor season

Well It felt good to have Rick back on-screen, I had forgotten what he looked like, the last half a dozen episodes have been really drawn out, stories following parts of the cast that don’t really have the same pull as Rick and his son.

The finale was good, the groups finally arrived at Terminus, and what looked like a welcoming place soon turns into a mistrustful sanctuary, I cannot wait for season five, reports have come out that this season will be different, I really hope so because season four was largely forgettable, In reality I would guess that the leading star Andrew Lincoln (Rick) fancied some time off, the makers suggest a work schedule that means he only on set for a month, this would explain his absence and constant flash back sequences.